Braun’s is Bicycles stocks its three stores with a plethora of bikes and bike-related gear, supplying cyclists with new chains, mountain bikes, and high-quality helmets. But the establishment isn’t just focused on selling merchandise. The 88-year-old business regularly sponsors local charities in the community, from family-friendly carnivals to bike rides to raise funds for neighbors in need.
With thousands of frame and mat samples, Framing & Art Centre can satisfy any and all framing fantasies. The expert framespeople can make diplomas radiate (diploma framing starts at around $100), personalized jerseys glisten (starting around $300), and dorm-room movie posters sparkle (under $100 for 24"x36" pieces). The design wizards can also find a home for any prized possession, such as shoe-box photos, baby booties, ticket stubs, medals, and really good pot roasts.
With 50 million members and counting, Costco has established itself as one of the world's leading not-so-secret clubs. And, like all great clubs, it had humble beginnings under a different name in a repurposed airplane hangar. That first club?Price Club?formed in 1976 and was intended to serve small businesses. Later, the company expanded to pass on its wholesale-style savings to everyday people who joined as members. Today, there are hundreds of Costco warehouses worldwide, each stocked with food, decor, electronics, apparel, and almost every kind of household item. Members can browse products from top-quality name brands, as well as a wide variety of goods from Costco's own Kirkland Signature line. Many Costco locations are a one-stop shop, offering a gas station, optical centre, photo centre, and tire centre.
Even as the original store has expanded to include 23 locations across Ontario, Love Shop has never wavered in its singular purpose: to enrich the experience?and art?of making love. Inside each store, employees dole out insight on the varied merchandise, which includes everything from popular toys, clothes, and lubricants to Blu-Rays, books, magazines, and novelty items. For a more private experience, customers can shop for items online and have them shipped in discreet packaging. Above all, Love Shop strives to sweeten life's most intimate moments so companions can grow even closer than a pair of turtledoves trying to use the same mirror at once.
Peek behind the counter at Sam Sub and you'll spot a colourful spread of crispy lettuce, juicy tomatoes, and crunchy peppers. Staffers fold these fresh ingredients—along with slices of turkey breast, morsels of grilled chicken, and dabs of Sam’s special dressing—into subs, paninis, and wraps. The staff sizzles up homemade patties for burgers, and fries tender haddock in canola oil for fish and chips. To craft their poutine, the skilled chefs shower freshly cut fries in gravy, cheese curds, and imaginative custom toppings such as jalapeno and Montreal-style smoked meat.